(Photo: Scott Lynch)

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development are trying to remove landlord Joel Israel from a Bushwick building where he’s accused of destroying tenants’ apartments in an effort to get them to move. [NY Times]

Meanwhile on Rivington Street, a building that’s undergoing a gut renovation is “one of the latest battlegrounds in the age-old struggle between rent regulated tenants and landlords in New York City.” [The Lo-Down]

Charles Schumer has lots of ideas about luring tech to Brooklyn, including a “nerd bus” and “nerd ferry.” [Crain’s]

Speaking of nerds, here’s a look at the libraries of Greenwich Village and the East Village. [Off the Grid]

Bushwick is a hotbed of development: between 2011 and 2013, the number and price of development sites sold there more than doubled. [BK Eagle]

A Lower East Side parking spot may be the city’s most ticketed, but is it even illegal? [Gothamist]

The 50 Kent Festival is hitting the Williamsburg waterfront, bringing performances by The War on Drugs and Beirut, outdoor movies, and a pop-up roller rink. [Brooklyn Vegan]

With A Gathering of the Tribes now out of its longtime East Third digs, the new issue’s release party will be at Bowery Poetry. [Bowery Arts + Science]

Aviva Neuman opened Simon/Neuman² Gallery in Williamsburg last month. [Hyperallergic]

Finger on the Pulse kicks off its annual barbecues May 13 and The Redhead is launching its annual crawfish boils. [Eater]

St. Balmain, in Williamsburg, lets you grab a syringe and cream your own donuts. [Gothamist]

A math whiz who was busted for his role in an illegal gambling ring is now teaching kids in the East Village. []